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3903 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 388-3417
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Staff and Contact Information

The Reverend Dr. Kate Cress, Rector

THE CHOIR OF SAINT JAMES

Jae Park, Assistant Conductor
Dr. Tom Mueller, Associate Organist
Canon James Paul Buonemani, Artistic Director & Organist-Choirmaster

Justin Baker, Production Manager
Adolfo Angulo, Concert Administrator

Bill Vestal, Artistic Director, Classical Sundays at Six

3903 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California   90010

Saint James Music Office: 213/388-3015

Email: GreatMusic@SaintJamesLA.org

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We are located in the Wilshire Center district of Los Angeles, two blocks west of Western Avenue. Ramp accessible.

Metro Purple Line: Wilshire/Western station, then walk two blocks west.

Street parking available with additional free concert parking at 3926 Wilshire Blvd. across from the front of the church.

Pandemic Protocols and Ticketing

In response to the ongoing pandemic, we are committed to providing a safe environment for our musicians and audiences. All performers and staff will be fully vaccinated, and although the performing musicians may elect to perform at a distance without masks, we currently require masks for all audience members. Audience members must purchase (free of charge) an advanced-entry online ticket for entry to each concert and evensong. All ticket holders will be required to affirm their full-vaccination status at time of purchase and pass an on-site health confirmation screening prior to entry, which may include an examination of your “proof of vaccination card.”(Children under 12 years of age do not, at present, need to be vaccinated, but must wear a mask). 

Tickets are available at through the "Reserve Tickets" button starting September 20, 2021.

Concerts will be live-streamed and available afterward on-demand.

PARKING

Free Parking available across from the front of church at 3926 Wilshire Blvd.

DIRECTIONS FOR FREE PARKING:

IF DRIVING NORTH ON ST. ANDREWS AWAY FROM WILSHIRE: Turn left on 6th street; Turn left on Wilton Pl; Turn left on Wilshire; When arriving at 3926 Wilshire Blvd, turn into driveway and gate will automatically open. Park anywhere.This is the front entrance labeled “Neighborhood Housing Services of Los Angeles.”

IF DRIVING SOUTH ON ST. ANDREWS TOWARD WILSHIRE: Turn left on Wilshire, then an immediate right onto St. Andrew’s Place; Turn right on Ingraham; Turn right on S. Wilton Pl.; then turn right on Wilshire Blvd. When arriving at 3926 Wilshire Blvd, turn into driveway and gate will automatically open. Park anywhere.This is the front entrance labeled “Neighborhood Housing Services of Los Angeles.”

PLEASE EXIT NO LATER THAN 7:30 PM, OR YOU WILL BE LOCKED IN!!

International Laureates Organ Series

We invite you to experience great organ music played on the David John Falconer Memorial Organ (originally built in 1911 for St. Paul’s Pro-Cathedral, Los Angeles, by Murray M. Harris). Comprising over 5,000 pipes in total, the organ is an important part of Los Angeles musical history and takes its place among the country’s most important and magnificent instruments.

We have moved our 2021 slate of celebratory recitalists to 2022 as we continue to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the rebuilding of this magnificent pipe organ at St. James Church as well as the launching of our series Great Music at Saint James itself which has featured over 250 of the most distinguished organists from throughout the world.  This season we welcome Canadian organist Ken Cowan, British organists Clive Driskill-Smith and  Jeremy Filsell, and American organists Alcee ChrisTodd Wilson, Christopher Houlihan and our own Associate Organist, Tom Mueller. We are especially excited to have Todd Wilson, Head of the organ department at the Cleveland Institute of Music, launch a 2-CD album on the Gothic label at his October 10 recital. The David John Falconer Memorial Organ will be feted with this first commercially available recording including a newly written composition written specially for the occasion by our Organist-Choirmaster James Buonemani.

These recitals are offered as a gift to the community free of charge, and we are grateful to the Ahmanson Foundation and our Friends of Great Music for their continuing support. (Please note Pandemic Protocols and Ticketing information above.) Freewill offering.

Classical Sundays at Six

Beginning in 1948 at Exposition Park, Sundays Live is now presented at St. James in-the-City as Classical Sundays at Six, part of our broader offerings of Great Music at Saint James. It is the oldest continuing chamber music series in Southern California, and we are honored to continue Bill Vestal’s leadership as Artistic Director in its new format at St. James.

Offered twice a month, on the 1st and 3rd Sundays at 6 PM (October through May), Classical Sundays at Six will feature chamber, orchestral, and solo artists from Southern California and around the globe streaming live and on-demand. Together with our International Laureates Organ Series and Evensongs on the 2nd Sundays, Great Music at St. James continues to make St. James in-the-City an inspirational concert destination October through May. (Please note Pandemic Protocols and Ticketing information above.) Freewill offering.

Solemn Evensong

The semi-professional Choir of Saint James distinguished itself in 1996 as the first American Choir to have sung in performance with the Choir of Westminster Abbey, London. They have since completed four tours of the British Isles and are pleased to offer the Los Angeles community the uniquely Anglican service of Evensong in the style of the great English Cathedrals on the second Sunday of the month at 4:30 PM. Starting October 10, 2021, a subset of the full Choir of Saint James will sing in-person, live-streamed, services of Evensong. As with other concert offerings, an advanced purchased (free) online ticket will be required. (Please note Pandemic Protocols and Ticketing information above.) Freewill offering.

Advent Procession of Lessons and Carols

Patterned after the ever-popular service of Nine Lessons and Carols originating from King’s College, Cambridge, England, the Choir of Saint James offers this service on the Third Sunday of Advent, December 12, 2021. (Please note Pandemic Protocols and Ticketing information above.) Freewill offering.

Friends of Great Music

We are grateful to our Friends of Great Music whose support has made our musical offerings possible. If you are not already a Friend of Great Music at St James, please consider becoming one. 

Your tax-deductible gift will be acknowledged in all our Evensong, Organ Recital and Classical Sundays at Six programs (unless otherwise requested). 

Special thanks to the Ahmanson Foundation (major support given to the International Laureates Organ Series) and to the Colburn Foundation (major support given to Classical Sundays at Six) for their leadership grants. 

To make your contribution, please visit stjla.org/musicfriends. You can also contribute by sending a check made payable to Great Music at St. James and mailed to

Great Music at St. James
St. James Church
3903 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA   90010

Thank you!

Archangel - $5,000
Angel - $2,500
Sustaining Sponsor - $1,000
Benefactor - $500
Patron - $250
Associate - $125
Contributor - $65
Donor - $25

2021-2022 Music Event Schedule

All concerts are live streamed. No tickets required for online viewing.

October 3 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Capitol Ensemble

Phillip Levy & Maya Magub, violins; Michael Larco, viola; Robert deMaine, cello; Dahae Kim, cello

"Powerful playing... clean articulation, appealing tasteful and confident sense of style... taking no aspect of music at face value." (London Telegraph, Wigmore Hall Debut Recital)

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October 10 | 4:30 PM

Solemn Evensong
Choir of Saint James

A uniquely Anglican service of Evensong in the style of the great English Cathedrals on the second Sunday of the month at 4:30 PM.

The Choir of Saint James will sing the Evening Canticles by Herbert Howells (Collegium Regale), "Cantique de Jean Racine” by Gabriel Fauré, “Ave Maris Stella” by Palestrina and the Responses by Richard Ayleward. Freewill offering.

*Ticket required to attend. Click here to reserve tickets.

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6:00 PM

International Laureates Organ Series
Todd Wilson

Regarded across America and around the world as one of today’s finest concert organists, Todd Wilson serves as head of the Organ Department at The Cleveland Institute of Music, and is also Director of Music at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio and Curator of the E.M. Skinner pipe organ at Severance Hall (home of The Cleveland Orchestra).

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*Ticket required to attend. Click here to reserve tickets.

 

 

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October 17 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Sophia Stoyanovich & Derek Wang

American-born violinist, Sophia Stoyanovich, (1996) has captivated audiences since her premiere at age ten with the Bremerton Symphony. 

Derek Wang, piano, is a New York-based soloist, collaborator, and communicator whose commitment to wholehearted listening informs his loving inquiry into both classic and new scores. 

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*Ticket required to attend. Click here to reserve tickets.

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November 7 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Ciaramella Early Music Ensemble

Adam & Rotem Gilbert, recorders; Jason Yoshida, lutes and guitars; Jennifer Elli Kampani, soprano

*Ticket required to attend. Click here to reserve tickets.

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November 14 | 4:30 PM

Solemn Evensong
Choir of Saint James

A uniquely Anglican service of Evensong in the style of the great English Cathedrals on the second Sunday of the month at 4:30 PM. Freewill offering.

*Ticket required to attend. Click here to reserve tickets.

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6:00 PM

International Laureates Organ Series
Ken Cowan

Regarded as one of North America’s finest concert organists and praised for his dazzling artistry, impeccable technique, and imaginative programming by audiences and critics alike, Ken Cowan maintains a rigorous performing schedule that takes him to major concert venues in America, Canada, Europe, and Asia.

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*Ticket required to attend. Click here to reserve tickets.

 

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November 21 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
The New Zimro Ensemble - Music of the Russian & Polish Jewish Experience

Xiao Chen, piano; Xenia Deviatkina-Loh, violin; Yasmina Spiegelberg, clarinet; Jason Pegis, cello; Neal Brostoff, guest pianist

*Ticket required to attend. Click here to reserve tickets.

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December 5 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Samuel Nebyu, violin

Ethiopian-Hungarian violinist Samuel Nebyu has performed as a soloist at international music festivals and venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Symphony Space in New York, The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Wallis Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills, Verizon hall and Perelman Theater in Philadelphia, Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City, the Centre of Performing Arts in Brussels (BOZAR), Peles Castle in Romania, the Wiener Saal and Grosse Saal in Salzburg, Tel Aviv Museum of Arts, Crown Hall in Jerusalem, , Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Teatro Mayor in Colombia, Gran Teatro Nacional in Peru, Zhuhai Huafa Theatre in China, Astana Central Concert Hall in Kazakhstan.

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*Ticket required to attend. Click here to reserve tickets.

 

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December 12 | 4:30 PM

Advent Service of Lessons and Carols
The Choir of Saint James

Patterned after the ever-popular service of Nine Lessons and Carols originating from King’s College, Cambridge, England, the Choir of Saint James offers this service on the Third Sunday of Advent, December 12, 2021. (Please note Pandemic Protocols and Ticketing information above.) Freewill offering.

*Ticket required to attend. Click here to reserve tickets.

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December 19 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Robert Cani, Robert DeMaine, and Inna Faliks

Robert Cani, violin

Robert DeMaine, cello

Inna Faliks, piano

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2022

January 2 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
To Be Announced...

 

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January 9 | 4:30 PM

Solemn Evensong
Choir of Saint James

A uniquely Anglican service of Evensong in the style of the great English Cathedrals on the second Sunday of the month at 4:30 PM. Freewill offering.

*Ticket required to attend. Click here to reserve tickets.

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6:00 PM

International Laureates Organ Series
Alcee Chriss

Winner of the 2017 Canadian International Organ Competition and the Firmin Swinnen Silver Medal at the 2016 Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition, Alcee Chriss III is widely regarded as one of the leading young organists of our time.  He has been celebrated for his “grace, skill and abundant proficiency” by the Journal Assist News, Albuquerque.  And of his prize-winning performance at the Longwood Gardens Competition, Choir and Organ Magazine declared, “Chriss stole the show.”

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January 16 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Formosa Quartet

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February 6 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
(To Be Announced)

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February 13 | 4:30 PM

Solemn Evensong
Choir of Saint James

A uniquely Anglican service of Evensong in the style of the great English Cathedrals on the second Sunday of the month at 4:30 PM. Freewill offering.

*Ticket required to attend. Click here to reserve tickets.

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6:00 PM

International Laureates Organ Series
Christopher Houlihan

The organist Christopher Houlihan has established an international reputation as an “intelligently virtuoso musician” (Gramophone), hailed for his “glowing, miraculously life-affirming performances” (Los Angeles Times).

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February 20 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Quartet

Ambroise Aubrun, violin
Virginie d'Avezac, viola
Armen Ksajikian, cello
Judith Farmer, bassoon

*Ticket required to attend. Click here to reserve tickets.

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March 6 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Members of the Colburn Community School

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March 13 | 4:30 PM

Solemn Evensong
Choir of Saint James

A uniquely Anglican service of Evensong in the style of the great English Cathedrals on the second Sunday of the month at 4:30 PM. Freewill offering.

*Ticket required to attend. Click here to reserve tickets.

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6:00 PM

International Laureates Organ Series
Clive Driskill-Smith

British organist Clive Driskill-Smith has taken the classical music world by storm, enthralling audiences from Beijing to Boston to Budapest with his extraordinary playing and fearless programming. Critics have praised his “blazing technique and unbelievable virtuosity” (Chiff Chat, American Guild of Organists) and described his performances as “intensely moving and truly breathtaking” (Organo Pleno, Australia). His solo recitals and duo performances with Grammy Award–winning percussionist Joseph Gramley bring audiences to their feet across the world.

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March 20 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Cristina Montes-Mateo and Friends

Cristina Montes-Mateo, harp
Susan Greenberg, flute
Judith Farmer, bassoon
David Rejano Cantero, trombone

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April 3 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Ensembles from the Crossroads School

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April 10 | 4:30 PM

Solemn Evensong
Choir of Saint James

A uniquely Anglican service of Evensong in the style of the great English Cathedrals on the second Sunday of the month at 4:30 PM. Freewill offering.

*Ticket required to attend. Click here to reserve tickets.

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6:00 PM

International Laureates Organ Series
Tom Mueller

Tom Mueller serves as Associate Professor of Church Music, University Organist, and Music Department Chair at Concordia University in Irvine, California, where he directs academic programs in keyboard, composition, jazz, and church music. An award-winning church musician, he serves as Associate Organist at St. James’ Church in Los Angeles, where he accompanies the acclaimed Choir of St. James’ under the direction of James Buonemani. He is an active recitalist, clinician, and adjudicator.

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May 1 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Ensembles from the Colburn School

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May 8 | 4:30 PM

Solemn Evensong
Choir of Saint James

A uniquely Anglican service of Evensong in the style of the great English Cathedrals on the second Sunday of the month at 4:30 PM. Freewill offering.

*Ticket required to attend. Click here to reserve tickets.

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6:00 PM

International Laureates Organ Series
Jeremy Filsell

Jeremy Filsell is the newly-appointed Organist and Director of Music at St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, where in April 2019 he assumed leadership of the world-renowned music program and its deeply-admired Choir of Men and Boys, following in the footsteps of illustrious predecessors Gerre Hancock, John Scott, and Daniel Hyde.

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May 15 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Capitol Ensemble & Friends

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